OTTUMWA — For many, the word apprenticeship sounds like something out of the past, an anachronistic approach to jobs with no place in today’s world.
That’s a long way from reality.
The IowaWORKS teams in Burlington, Ottumwa and Cedar Rapids are partnering with the Iowa Army National Guard for a program on registered apprenticeships. The program is aimed at employers, with a goal of providing the information and assistance to begin their own registered apprenticeship programs.
Registered apprenticeships allow people to begin a paid career while learning the skills to follow through with it. That makes it easier for employees to switch careers, and employers to train and recruit people who will fit their needs.
Registered apprenticeship programs are approved by the U.S. Department of Labor, and IowaWORKS can help refer people. Most programs run for one to five years, depending on the occupation.
The program is set for 9 a.m. to noon on June 20 at the National Guard Armory in Mt. Pleasant. Registration is online at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfNVvZfV68EX_qNymB3wdzEDvKOkpNJzIguHJANjaqZa3eTAw/viewform.